Dyer Delivers In His First College Start

News and notes from Auburn's football victory over Clemson are featured including comments from freshman running back Mike Dyer.

Auburn, Ala.--For a true freshman making his first start at running back for the Auburn Tigers, Michael Dyer lived up to his billing as one of the top high school running backs in the country last year with a solid performance in Auburn's 27-24 overtime victory over Clemson Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

After Auburn's offensive woes in the first half that resulted in only three points, six first downs and 116 yards total offense, Dyer picked up 56 tough yards on 10 second half carries as the Tigers roared back from a 17-3 deficit at the half for their 14th straight win over Clemson.

"In the second half we got focused and got together," Dyer said about the turnaround. "When we needed a stop or a hold for one play, that's what the defense did."

The freshman noted the Tigers played a team in the second half. "Whatever our part, our small role, we played the best we could and not as individuals," he said. "When it's going good, everybody's a man, but when it's not going good your true character is tested. How you respond and react to different situations are the challenges to each and every one of us. Our attitude in the second half was to just do what you could do as an individual."

Dyer said he believes what happened for the Tigers against Clemson will pay dividends down the road. "If we are in that same boat again, we'll know what we can do because we've been there before," he said.

In other news and notes from Auburn's third victory of the season:

Cameron Newton completed only one of six pass attempts for 23 yards and an interception. Auburn did outrush Clemson 93 yards to 73, but Clemson had 194 yards passing for a total offense of 267 yards to only 116 yards for Auburn. Other telling stats showed Auburn running only 25 total plays to 45 for Clemson and the Tigers had the ball for only 10:37 to 19:23 for Clemson. The visiting Tigers picked up 17 first downs to only three for Auburn.

*It was a different story the second half and overtime as Auburn finished with 424 yards total offense to 414 for Clemson, outgaining the visitors 308 yards to 147 after halftime. Coaches and players said the improvement came from making adjustments and being more focused--offensively and defensively.

*After being sidelined with a second-quarter knee injury in Auburn's 17-14 win over Mississippi State September 9, Lee Ziemba was back in the starting lineup at left tackle against Clemson. The senior's consecutive starts streak is at 41 and represents every game since Ziemba arrived as a true freshman at Auburn in 2007.

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